Your Current Governor, Carolyn Hart-Riddell '"Charting A New Course Together"'
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August 12-13, 2022
Odessa TX - MCM Elegante Hotel

***An Important Message to Our NTX Members***

In an effort to elevate and enhance the leadership opportunities of the clubs and members of the North Texas and Oklahoma District, a task force has been created to make recommendations.

After discussions, the task force is recommending a merger/combining of these two storied groups of Optimists. 

Under this proposed merger, the Optimist Clubs and all members in the two Districts will be united in Optimism under one name beginning October 1, 2023.  Until that unification takes place, each District will continue to operate as they have.

The proposed union will be voted on at the 2022 District Conventions of North Texas and Oklahoma.  If the merger is ratified by the attending voting delegates at the 2022 Conventions by BOTH Districts, this task force will move forward with presenting opportunities over the next year for the newly combined District, and making the transition seamless and productive. 

If approved, in  late summer of 2023, a joint District convention will take place. At that time, a name for the newly combined district will brought before the Joint Convention.  Suggestions and input for the name are welcome.

Any questions or concerns with the recommendation may be addressed to the task force chair, Past Optimist President Ken Garner at

We Work For youth...

By providing hope and positive vision, Optimists bring out the best in kids. Adult volunteers join Optimist Clubs to conduct positive service projects in their communities aimed at providing a helping hand to youth. With their upbeat attitude, Optimist Club members help empower young people to be the best that they can be. Every year, Optimists around the world conduct 65,000 service projects and serve well over six million young people.
OI Mission Statement
By providing hope, and positive vision, Optimists bring out the best in children.
District Vision Statement
To be the premier youth serving organization:
Bringing Out the Best In Kids ... Right Here, Right Now

Announcements & Events
Celebrate Community
9/11/2022 7 am- 10 pm
Celebrate Community
9/13/2022 7 am- 10 pm
Celebrate Community
9/14/2022 7 am- 10 pm
Celebrate Community
9/15/2022 7 am- 10 pm
Celebrate Community
9/16/2022 7 am- 10 pm
Celebrate Community
9/17/2022 7 am- 10 pm
Essay Contest
Essay Contest is Over
District Chairman David Glazener has announced that this year's winner of the Essay Contest is Nora Koch, a sophomore from Stephenville High School. She will present her essay May 7 in Fort Worth
4th Q Convention
August 12 and 13th in Odessa
4th Q Convention is August 12 and 13 in Odessa. Friday Howdy Party at "Summer Mummers", Saturday Business Sessions, Election of 2022-23 Governor, Installation Banquet.
#Celebrate Community
Joint Service Club Initiative
Celebrate Community, an annual joint initiative from the service organizations Kiwanis International, Lions International, Optimist International, and Rotary International, will take place the week of

Optimist Calendar
 August 2022 

Governor's Message
"I was born in south Texas and raised in Grand Prairie. I'm the youngest of 5 and the oldest of 2 (my mom and dad raised a grandchild). I am a dog mom; I am also an Aunt to over 40 nieces and nephews. I am a member of Breakfast Optimist Club of East Fort Worth. I have served as President and Lt. Governor. I look forward to serving as your Governor for the 2021-2022 Optimist year."
Carolyn Hart-Riddell
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